If you’re a homeowner, mother or father-or a homeowner AND a parent-you owe it to you and your family to keep your home safe. There are plenty of threats that face the modern household; from weather, to crime, to maintenance issues… There are ways not only to deal with the problems caused by those topics, but also to prevent the problems in the first place.
Keep Your Home Safe
Keeping your home safe at all times? It just takes a bit of work and the right mindset.
The Right Mindset for Home Safety
The right mindset? It’s about being proactive. Actively looking for issues so that you can deal with them is the best thing to do. Nobody wants to walk through life looking for problems, but if you’re ignorant about the problems populating your household it could lead to serious safety issues. Check for issues and fix the issues. Don’t ignore them.
Household issues, especially involving the structure of the house are extremely easy to exploit-usually by those looking to break into the home and steal valuables. If you can’t fix a structural issue, pay someone to do it for you, and secure that section of your home. Broken doors and holes aren’t the only way people can break into your property though, so keep the doors locked and the windows shut. Also, be sure to keep any major valuables out of sight from peering eyes. If something is out of sight, someone won’t go looking for it.
Moisture and Leaks Are Safety Hazards
Part of being safe is being comfortable so it pays to be proactive about home maintenance. The main thing you can deal with is moisture and leaks. Moisture brings mold and rot into the home along with the health issues that come with some forms of mold. Mold is the very definition of an unwanted visitor so deal with moisture problems before moisture invites its friend over. The weather can also bring a lot of issues – rain needs to lead away from the roof by guttering, so clean your gutters so water can pass off the site as quickly as possible, but also think of your pipes. Heat expands and cold contracts, this applies to your pipework as well so get it regulated with plumbing heat tape that can manage and regulate the temperature of your pipes so it doesn’t break due to frost. Broken pipes? It means you can’t have a sink in the tub when you need one!
Fire Alarms and Fresh Batteries
Keep your fire alarms active and stocked with fresh batteries. Test them once a week to ensure that they are working and never, ever turn them off. Fires in the home can be common and strike at any time so it could be that a fire alarm saves your life.
Being proactive is all it takes to keep a safe home for you and your family. You deserve that much, so keep it that by identifying and dealing with issues before they come huge problems that might very well endanger you and your family if you don’t pay attention to them!
How do you keep your home safe?
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